“For he grew up before him like a young plant,

and like a root out of dry ground;

he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,

and no beauty that we should desire him.

He was despised and rejected by men,

a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;

and as one from whom men hide their faces

he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows;

yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions;

he was crushed for our iniquities;

upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,

and with his wounds we are healed.”

Isaiah‬ ‭53:2-5‬

Imagine the anticipation of the people of God waiting for their Messiah to come rescue them. They were made captives by their enemies and faced persecution. Generations before them were enslaved and made poor choices and now they’re dealing with the repercussions.

And then Isaiah the prophet comes and gives this word from the Lord.

He begins to prophesy of the coming Messiah. How He will come in a way no one expected. A way that did not match His full majesty and glory.

The people waited in anticipation of a King coming to rule and reign in power and vengeance. However, they were so caught up in this idea of power and reign, they were blinded from seeing that this was truly the King they were waiting for.

This King who would actually come as a helpless baby whose will was to die for all mankind.

He didn’t come in the way He deserved, but chose to leave His royalty for the one’s His Father loved.

He would come not to reign in full power, but as a willing atonement for the sins of the world.

For the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). A sacrifice had to be made to atone the sins of man. A debt had to be paid. Time and time again in history, the people of God would sacrifice the purest and unblemished lamb.

But now it was time for the Perfect Lamb to pay the complete debt.

He would come as a man who would humble Himself as the rightful King and become like you and me. (John 1:14) He chose to identify with us because He loves us. He would face praise and rejection, abandonment, temptation, and the weight of the world on His shoulders. He identified with the image bearers God created. (Philippians 2:5-9)